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Honoring Yuri Kochiyama and Puerto Rican history

June 11, 2017

I write this post in memory of Yuri Kochiyama, who passed just over three years ago on June 1, 2014. Yuri’s legacy of organizing should be an inspiration to anyone interested in “intersectionality”. She collaborated with so many movements and organizations through her life.
While uploading these incredible oral history documents on Yuri, I stumbled upon the following audio recording of the takeover of the Statue of Liberty. In 1977, members of the Young Lords Party along with supporters took the Statue of Liberty hostage.

While today is the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC. There has been much controversy over the intention of honoring recently released, Oscar Lopez Rivera, member of the FALN, a Puerto Rican Independence organization. It is in these times that we emulate the love, solidarity, strength and conviction of people like Yuri Kochiyama, Oscar Lopez Rivera and members of the Young Lords. Continue to Agitate, Educate and Organize!

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